(Closed) Attendance Anxiety

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I wouldn’t stress about it.  We invited 190 and had 140 RSVP that they will attend.  The majority of our guests are from out of town also, so I was actually surprised we are going to have that many, but we budgeted for 150 so it’s working out perfect.  How many people did you invite? I didn’t see that in your post.

Post # 5
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m stressing the other direction–our venue is an hour and a half away from most of our guests, so I am afraid no one will come!

It’s unlikely that anyone will be counting if your food is served buffet style. (Or, at least, I’ve never heard of anyone counting for buffet style.) So just make sure there are enough plates for all your invites plus ten or 15, and if there end up being more, just keep quiet. As long as you’re not over the fire marshall’s limit, I would think you’ll be fine.

Post # 6
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We invited 80, 65 RSVP’d yes, 55 attended.

Post # 7
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I counted just shy of 200 when I got done with my list.

They told me at the wedding there wasn’t any cupcakes left after they got done with everyone so I assume 200+ came 🙂


Post # 8
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I used to host events a long time ago. We called it party math. Usualy 80% will RSVP Yes and 70 to 75% will actually show.

You should be fine. 🙂

Post # 9
2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MrsDeLovely:  My wedding was out of town, as well. We invited 196 people, 98 accepted with a RSVP, and 87 showed up.

Post # 10
13249 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My mother had me invite several people who she also assured wouldn’t come.  And come my wedding day, they were certainly in attendance. 


We invited 186, with a venue capacity of 170, and had 130 in attendance.  This was pretty good for us, since it involved 500+ miles of travel for my family and 800+ miles for DHs.

ETA: We have zero no-shows.  Everyone who RSVPed yes came.


The topic ‘Attendance Anxiety’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors